Ian Wright: How Chelsea can unlock Man City defence
The Arsenal legend expects Chelsea to try and exploit Manchester City's defence on the break
Ian Wright believes Chelsea will look to exploit Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City defence on the break.
The Blues will make the long trip to the Etihad Stadium as Conte’s side look to record an eighth straight Premier League victory.
The west London have already managed to dispatch title rivals Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in the 2016-17 title race so far.
Conte’s side have managed to score 19 times and have kept six clean sheets in their last seven Premier League outings.
Diego Costa and Eden Hazard have been in excellent form for the Premier League leaders to hoist Chelsea to the top of the table.
Former Arsenal striker Wright believes Manchester City could struggle to cope with a counter-attacking Chelsea side, highlighting this area as a weakness in Guardiola’s former Barcelona and Bayern Munich teams.
“It’s going to be a massive test against a Manchester City that really had to hold on for 15-20 minutes against Burnley,” Wright told The Sun Goals podcast.
“They dealt with the physical aspect really well. Chelsea have the physical aspect and the footballing ability as well… Chelsea will have to play well.
“Chelsea will have to relinquish possession. Manchester City will have a lot more of the ball. What Manchester City have to be careful of, like Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona and Bayern Munich sides, is the break. That’s where Chelsea will unlock them.”
Chelsea appointed Conte as Guus Hiddink’s permanent successor after a disappointing 2015-16 season.
The west London outfit won the Premier League title in 2015 under Jose Mourinho.